Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has pulled out of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 as he doesn’t want to suffer from fatigue amidst a gruelling schedule. Over the last 5 months, Hazlewood has been part of Australian teams that have played non-stop cricket and Cricket Australia (CA) sees the next couple of months as the perfect time for him to have a break.
Hazlewood made a big impact in the ODI series against South Africa last November, inspiring the hosts to a 4-1 triumph. He followed that up with an impressive showing in his debut Test match against India and then was one of the stars of Australia’s World Cup-winning campaign.
The 24-year-old did not feature in last night’s match, where the Mumbai Indians were comprehensively defeated by defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders.
“Josh’s workload has changed significantly since he first began attending the IPL. The IPL is the players leave period and in Josh’s case it was deemed that not playing was the best use of that time in the lead up to a busy winter. This was agreed to with the IPL following discussions at the end of the Test Series,” said Pat Howard, CA’s General Manager of Team Performance.
Australia play West Indies in an away tour which is scheduled for June. That will be followed by a 5-Test series against England where the Kangaroos will attempt to retain the Ashes.
With Mumbai Indians losing the first game due to their poor bowling, it’s a big blow indeed for MI! Here are the possible alternatives to him :-
Joel Paris : An Australian replacing an Australian could be a wise move to cover the loss of the World Cup star. Joel is another Australian fast bowler who bowls Left Arm Fast and can bat left handed too. He was one of the star players in his local side Perth’s Big Bash League triumph in both 2014 and 2015. If he arrives and deems impressive in IPL too, could end up in the Australian team one day.
Wayne Parnell : A player with both International and IPL experience, Wayne could be another alternative to Josh Hazlewood. He is no stranger to IPL, playing for the likes of Delhi Daredevils and the now-defunct Pune Warriors India. His arrival could bring experience and at the same time some batting form to Mumbai Indians.
Ben Hilfenhaus : Another Australian who has tremendous amount of IPL experience with previous stints at Chennai Super Kings, Ben Hilfenhaus has similar characteristics to Josh when it comes to bowling, both bowl at a fast pace, crucial at the death and can pick up wickets when needed. Could be a big boost for MI if they end up with Hilfy.
Doug Bollinger : Another Aussie likely to replace Josh, Bollinger is another Alternative who could feature for MI, also previously playing for Chennai Super Kings. He is known for his swing variations at the death and his experience could be key if he ends up replacing his New South Wales teammate.
Robbie Frylinck : The South African, who can excel with both bat and ball, is another person who could be good contender to replace Hazlewood. He had headlined the previous season of Champions League T20 with his native side Dolphins. He has previously played for Delhi Daredevils in the 2011 season.